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Passing the Tests of G*d

Oh fer christ sakes!

mm-plainStupidity is afoot and loose, apparently running rampantly unhindered as demonstrated by the following headline.

Miss Calif. Says Gay Marriage Question Tested Her Faith

Are you shitting me?  A simple question such as this!?  Granted, I don’t agree with her answer, but how fucking shallow are you that a question: ‘Do you support same-sex marriage?’  Why or why not? is some indication of a test from the Creator, G*d.

In an exclusive interview with FOXNews.com:

Miss California says her phone has been ringing off the hook with people offering her support after she took on a question about gay marriage on Sunday night’s Miss USA telecast.…

Carrie Prejean: Honestly, happy. This happened for a reason. By having to answer that question in front of a national audience, God was testing my character and faith. I’m glad I stayed true to myself.

Welll – this from the woman who did say:

We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage. And you know what, I think in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised.”

In my country”  – is that California or the U.S.?  Regardless, she’s wrong.  And I thought, right there, she should lose just for having an unbelievable stupid moment.mm-mixed

Oh – and, lest we forget – we get to CHOOSE same-sex or opposite marriage, kinda like buying M&Ms:  plain or peanut.

I’ll get back to ya.

Parody – Gathering Storm

From Baratunde at Jack and Jill Politics.   Just too, too delightful.

Don’t Let’s Get Married

The other night on Hardball while Mike Barnicle was sitting in for Tweety, I was hurrying through “the outer office” and heard thunderously pounding of each other by two people while Mr. Barnicle did his watching shtick.  Even though coming into the midst of it, I gathered it was about some awful commercial and same-sex marriage.  How those two ‘things’ intersected I wasn’t real sure, but quickly backpedaled to find out.

Let’s see – here’s that argument.

And here, here’s the commercial.

We’ll do it the other way around.  Here’ the commercial.

Now here’s the throw-down on MSNBC the other night in response to that commercial. Continue reading

Defense of Marriage Act Protest

Mountain Goat has a post on Boise’s joining “the national call for marriage equality” with a gathering scheduled for this Saturday, January 10th.  The gathering place will be the steps of Boise City Hall.  The mission: “To speak out against the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).”


Bob Barr, the original author of DOMA, wrote it in 1996. As he states in an opinion piece published Monday, Jan. 5th in the LA Times, Continue reading

Jus’ Regular, Tax-Paying, Child-Rearing Folk Like You

This morning I was listening to NPR’s Michel Martin’s ‘Tell Me More – which delved into the Rick Warren controversy. She had a three-person panel: “Harry Knox, of the Human Rights Campaign, the Rev. Harry Jackson, Jr., a conservative, and the Rev. Yvette Flunder, who is openly gay, debate Warren’s participation.”

My take on Warren is largely from having grown up in a household where we were drug around to different evangelical churches. I have little respect for them and their beliefs.  I will say this – I have found they don’t give up easily and they’re smug in their religiosity.


Listening to the NPR piece this morning it reminded me of Mike Huckabee’s recent appearance on the ‘Daily Show’ with Jon Stewart.  Huckabee was there to promote his latest book, Do the Right Thing: Inside the Movement that’s Bringing Common Sense Back to America. Continue reading


Yesterday was my daughter’s 32nd birthday.  My Gawd!  How OLD AM I?!!?  I know how old I feel while sitting here at the computer; it’s when I stand up I start to feel it.  So you know how important it must be to me to march or stand in one spot for awhile at my age. /*snort*/

Since the failure of Proposition 8 in California, the rage has been the focus on gay marriage and it’s ‘not happening’ mantra from those who poured millions of bucks into the campaign against it.  I have no problem with the rage – I’m just flummoxed why ANYONE would want to get married, and I often tell other folks:  “I don’t care who marries who as long as no one marries me.”


Now imagine my surprise when this was encountered at City Hall on the corner of 6th & Idaho and Main Streets.  It was much greater than I expected.  I was thrilled.

And that – that was my favorite sign; it was one of the first I saw actually.  The Idaho Statesman has the story along with a photo gallery of which this picture is part.

Both Channel 7 (KTVB) and  Channel 6 (KIVI) have stories and video.  The surprising one for me that I heard about – Idaho Falls.  Here’s video from Channel 8.  You remember the Idaho Falls area.  It’s not far from this area where some 2nd & 3rd graders were last heard chanting ‘assassinate Obama’ on a school bus.  Talk about some kind of weird dichotomy.  KIDK was the station in Idaho Falls who reported on the school bus incident; here’s their report on the Proposition 8 protest in Idaho  Falls as well.

‘Irrelevant & Obsessive Focus On Gays’

Another one out of the park for Bishop Desmond Tutu:

However, he said he sometimes felt ashamed of his fellow Anglicans as they focused obsessively on trying to resolve their disagreement about homosexuality while 30,000 people died each day because of poverty.

“We really will not be able to win wars against so-called terror as long as there are conditions that make people desperate, and poverty, disease and ignorance are amongst the chief culprits,” he said.

“We seem to be engaging in this kind of, almost, past-time [while] there’s poverty, hunger, disease, corruption.

“I must imagine that God is weeping, and the world quite rightly should dismiss the Church in those cases as being totally irrelevant.”

Archbishop Tutu accused some of his fellow Anglicans of going against the teaching of Jesus in their treatment of homosexual people by “persecuting the already persecuted”.

Bishop Tutu was attending a conference sponsored by Tearfund, a UK organization looking to alleviate poverty – material and spiritual.  There he said it is the church who makes the invisible G*d, visible. Continue reading

Hallmark Playing the Gay Card?

While in Nampa yesterday, I caught a glimpse of the front page of the Idaho Press Tribune in the news box outside of the eatery where we ate lunch.  The headline read “Hallmark’s same-sex cards stir debate.”  We were in a bit of hurry or I would’ve deposited some coins to read THAT story.   After thinking for a few seconds, I thought – now why do I just know who’d be behind that ‘stirring of the debate?’

In an apparent rather bold capitalistic move, Hallmark has decided to venture out in testing limited markets for the cards below.   The Idaho Press Tribune article from the AP says there are four designs; I could only find three.  As far as ‘catching my eye’ none of these three would set my checkbook on fire.  They’re kinda cutesy – in a sappy sort of way.  Oh yeah, that’s the Hallmark way.

Mountain Goat has it right.

Cards.  These are greeting cards.  Cards don’t promote anything.  This is the equivalent of saying that sympathy cards promote death.

The thing with Fischer that outside of the hateful tone there is the cloaking this as a ‘medical issue’ rambling on about HIV and transfusing of blood products with the admonition that ” it’s simply inexcusable and irresponsible for Hallmark to glorify a lifestyle which has so many health risks.” Mountain Goat points us to the remarks from managing editor, Vickie Holbrook, from the IPT blog ‘From the Editors’:

Whether you believe in gay marriages or unions, the stores will make their business decisions based on demand. Just because someone sells or buys these cards doesn’t make gay marriage legal. We don’t need Bryan Fischer to force his values on everyone. Who appointed him our God?— Vickie

Late last night I found this story on local Hallmark shops.  They will not be carrying these specific cards when they become available to the broader national market.

A couple of side notes.  While over on the coast I saw this write-up regarding the recognition of same-sex marriages by the Coquille Indian tribe.

The Coquille Indian Tribe, based on the southern Oregon coast, recently adopted a law recognizing same-sex marriage, and its first such wedding is set for next spring.

Oregon voters amended the state constitution in 2004 to prohibit gay marriage. But as a federally recognized sovereign nation, the tribe is not bound by the Oregon Constitution.

Native Americans are “sensitive to discrimination of any kind,” said Ken Tanner, chief of the Coquilles.

“For our tribe, we want people to walk in the shoes of other people and learn to respect differences. Through that, we think we build a stronger community,” he told The Oregonian newspaper.

And, we stayed here while in Lincoln City.  We noticed quite a few rainbow type flags while driving around, but somehow missed this when making arrangements because the flag is right out front on their signage.

Huckleberries on Line has a question up.   ‘Would the introduction of same-sex wedding cards at the local Hallmark store bother you?” Quite a discussion has ensued there as well.  But this comment just takes the cake:

Doesn’t matter who’s getting married, they’re getting a sympathy card from me, anyway… Posted by Aliasjax  |  22 Aug 1:17 PM

Yep, there ya go…